An Awami Jubo League leader has been shot dead in Chattogram city during a clash between two rival groups of the organization over establishing dominance in the local cable television service business.
Several others were also injured in the clash that took place in DC Road area under Chawkbazar police station around 3pm on Friday.
Police identified the deceased as Faridul Islam, 40, a distributor of the Kashem Cable TV Network (KCTN) Ltd that has been reportedly doing business in the area for 20 years.
Shot in the head and chest, Faridul had died on the spot, witnesses said. His body was taken to Chittagong Medical College Hospital afterwards for autopsy.
The injured were taken there too for treatment.
Faridul was also the organizational secretary of Jubo League’s West Baklia ward unit and a follower of local Jubo League leader Emdadul Haque Badsha.
According to locals and police, there was tension between the two groups over taking control of the cable operating business in DC Road area. One group, which runs KCTN, was led by Badsha and the other by MM Musa, general secretary of Awami League’s Baklia ward unit.
Musa have been trying to start cable operating business in the area for the past few months, but faced strong resistance from Badsha and his business partners Shyamal Palit Kanchan and Prasun Kanti Nag.
The clash between the groups following the Jummah prayers Friday afternoon had ensued when Musa’s followers allegedly tried to sever KCTN connections and hang their cable lines at Mia Baper Masjid area.
At one point of the fight, Faridul sustained bullet wounds and died when some people from both warring groups began exchanging fire.
However, his daughter Farzana Fara alleged that local Jubo League activists Faysal and Rasel shot her father to death.
“Apart from his work with the cable operators, my father was also a sand trader. Faysal and Rasel had tried to take over the cable business. We told the police about them, but no one is listening to us,” she claimed.
Meanwhile, Chittagong Metropolitan Police’s Deputy Commissioner (South) SM Mostain Hossain said tense situation had been prevailing in the area following the groups’ dispute since Friday morning.
“Police had rushed there and returned after the situation calmed. But the clash took place in the afternoon suddenly. We are trying to catch the perpetrators behind the murder,” he said.
Both Musa and Badsha were unavailable for comment.
Jubo League ward unit’s President Tarek Sultan alleged Faridul was killed by Badsha’s followers during an attack on Musa’s home.
But Shyamal and Prasun said Faridul was Badsha’s friend and had worked for them at KCTN. They also alleged that SI Masud, Faysal and Rasel from the rival group had led the attack on them, during which Faridul was murdered.
Police are yet to make any arrest over the clash and subsequent murder.